A Utah prosecutor said on Nov. 18 he’s investigating Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, who is also Senate minority leader, in connection with a pay-to-play scheme.
Attorney Troy Rawlings said in a statement he’s investigating allegations related to Reid in connection to the scheme, though he declined to reveal the specific allegations, reports The Associated Press.
Reid’s spokeswoman Kristen Orthman subsequently responded, saying that Rawlings was using “Sen. Reid's name to generate attention to himself and advance his political career, so every few months he seeks headlines by floating the same unsubstantiated allegations."
Reid previously denied any wrongdoing after a businessman said in 2013 that a former Utah attorney general paid Reid to get rid of a federal investigation into a software business, reports Deseret News.
“To simply ignore and run from what has been presented by multiple witnesses and sources ... would mean I am either intentionally blind, or overly worried,” Rawlings said in his statement. Department of Justice officials reportedly closed the investigation in 2013, and no charges were filed.
“It is not up to the DOJ to tell me who can and who cannot be investigated and what evidence is relevant and material to a state case,” Rawlings said in his statement.